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"Macey is a scholar who has mastered the latest and best scholarship in law, economics, finance, sociology, public choice theory, management and organization science, accounting and history. He prescribes a rational policy toward large corporations in a very readable and insightful work."--Henry G. Manne,

"Against a backdrop of the most pervasive corporate failures since the Great Depression, Macey's book is must-reading for those who want to understand how we got into this mess. . . . It should be hoped that his well-documented criticisms of those corporate governance mechanisms that investors most heavily rely upon will be heeded."--C. Evan Stewart, New York Law Journal

"A must read for governance scholars and policy makers."--S. Grove, Choice

"Macey's discussion of a wide range of interrelated issues is marvelously clear and provocative."--Christopher C. Faille, Federal Lawyer

"Given the governance failures in our post-Enron environment, now is a particularly good time to read this book. . . . I wish I'd written this book, although I could never have done it with the same flair and wisdom that Macey has done."--Nancy B. Rapoport, Business Law Today

"Corporate Governance is a strong step forward."--Gabriel D. Rosenberg, Yale Law and Policy Review

"Macey makes a strong case for his judgment about most of these institutions and practices, and events since his book was completed reinforce his judgments."--William A. Niskanen, Regulation

"Corporate Governance: Promises Kept, Promises Broken provides a cogent analysis of the various institutions and systems that are supposed to promote effective corporate governance. Meanwhile, Macey's provocative theories and opinions present interesting fodder for all students of corporate organization. The book would be a valuable addition to any academic law library. Indeed, though the work is academic in tone, law firms or public law libraries with strong corporate collections may also be interested in this text."--Sara R. Paul, Law Library Journal

"Overall, the book is detailed, thorough, and easy to read and follow. . . . Macey's thoughts are obviously well-considered and thoroughly researched, and this book should be considered a must-read for anyone interested in the governance of U.S. companies. The book, or excerpts from it, would make a great companion to a corporations course because of its disagreements with the status quo."--Michael Sirkin, Concurring Opinions

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"A refreshing look at corporate governance that resonates in the real world. For example, Macey argues that so-called 'independent' directors are not really as independent as they appear and explains why the handpicked members of the boards of directors of publicly held companies often are more attentive to managers' interests than to shareholders' interests. Macey points out that there is something wrong with a corporate-governance system that regularly allows ostensibly independent corporate directors to refuse to permit shareholders to decide for themselves when to sell their own companies. Macey does an excellent job of explaining the legal and political problems that give too much power to incumbent managers and not enough to shareholders and free markets."--Carl Icahn

"Macey's book is must reading for any serious student of corporate governance. He brings his usual keen analyses and fresh insights to a field where unexamined received wisdom and advocacy of me-too 'best practices' have too often been the norm."--John F. Olson, senior partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

"The ambition and achievement of this work is dazzling. Macey leaves no stone unturned in his penetrating examination of the system of American corporate governance. The book will doubtless be an important contribution to the longstanding debate over how best to support the bedrock role that the public corporation plays in the American economy."--Ronald J. Daniels, University of Pennsylvania

"Intriguing, provocative, and readable. One comes away from this book with a good sense of why the institutions of corporate governance are not always what they seem, and why politics plays too large a role in the choice of what to embrace and what to shun. The existing literature on corporate governance is enriched by this book."--Donald C. Langevoort, Georgetown University

"This book is important, interesting, and argumentative. It is wonderfully useful for bringing us up to date with how theory applies to an important set of issues and what those issues say about theory. Corporate Governance will be valuable to many readers, from faculty to students, from journalists to directors, from those who like the system we have to those who are critical of it, and from those who agree with the author and those who don't!"--Peter A. Gourevitch, coauthor of Political Power and Corporate Control

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  • File Size: 3771 KB
  • Print Length: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (October 12, 2008)
  • Publication Date: September 22, 2008
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003E7FIQ2
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Macey examines various market and regulatory mechanisms to improve corporate governance and concludes that our emphasis on regulations and those that have developed are the result of the fact that shareowners are not well organized into effective political coalitions, while managers are. "Managers will staunchly resist corporate governance reforms that put their jobs in jeopardy or threaten their ability to remain independent..."

Regulators and politicians follow the path of least resistance and satisfy the public's outcry that they "do something" "by passing laws like Sarbanes-Oxley that increase the power of 'independent' directors and like the williams Act that weaken the market for corporate control without upsetting the top managers of public companies or any other well-organized special interest group."

As a result, the most effective corporate governance mechanism, the market for corporate control, is hampered by excessive regulation, whereas "ineffective institutions, such as administrative agencies, cerdit-rating agencies, and even boards of directors, enjoy regulatory 'subsidies,'" according to Macey.

Macey is on the right track. Look at what works and what doesn't in keeping the promises that corporations make. For example, he examines the effectiveness of "independent directors" and notes the problem of "board capture," which renders "independence" relatively meaningless, since directors become reputationally linked to management. He later notes that dissident directors put forward by activist investors are far less likely to be captured by managers, since their allegiance lies with shareowners. Strengthening of board independence hasn't reduced the incidence of boar capture, he says.
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This book explains a number of puzzles. Most importantly, it explains what corporate governance is, what it does, and what we should expect it to do for investors and the public. The chapters on corporate boards of directors and hedge funds and private equity funds are particularly interesting and important.
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